Business Team

Our Investor Relations and Business Development teams play the crucial role of maintaining strong, transparent relationships with clients and investors every day, ensuring constant support and up to date information from local offices and worldwide.

Alex Lasagna

Alex Lasagna

Deputy CEO

Alex is Deputy CEO and in charge of Business Development Strategy at Algebris, where he helped to diversify the fund range and launch the UCITS funds platform.

Before Algebris, Alex was Partner and Head of Investor Relations at IN Alternative, an Italian independent asset manager. Before then, he was at Schroders as Head of the Private Bank’s International Team and Member of the Executive and Investment Committees. Previously he worked as Product Specialist for Merril Lynch Investment Managers. Alex started his career at Nomisma – a Bologna based think tank – and later moved to JP Morgan in Milan.

An Anglo-Italian who grew up between Italy and the United Kingdom, Alex holds a bachelor degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree in International Relations & International Economics from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. He also undertook a degree in Political Science from La Sapienza University in Rome.

Jolanda Niccolini

Jolanda Niccolini

Head of Business Development & IR

Jolanda joined Algebris in 2013 to help expand our European investor base.

She was previously Head of Investor Relations and Business Development at The Children’s Investment Fund Management (UK) LLP (TCI), one of the largest hedge fund management companies in Europe, where she worked for six years.

Prior to that, she spent ten years at Schroders, where she was Head of Marketing (Europe) for Alternative Investments, and half a year at Citicorp as a financial analyst. Jolanda started off her professional experience in 1994 at Bank of America, Milan, on the sales desk as a trainee covering international institutional investors.

Jolanda is a Trustee of the Hakuna Matata foundation (, a registered UK charity which was founded by Davide Serra in April 2010 to assist orphaned children in Central Tanzania.

Jolanda holds a BA (Hons) in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan. She is a native Italian speaker and fluent also in English and French. Jolanda has a young daughter, Olimpia, to whom she dedicates all her free time.

Business Development

Douglas Branson

Head of Business Development

Douglas joined Algebris in July 2020 as Head of Business Development. He is based in our London office.

Before Algebris, Douglas was Head of UK Distribution & a board director at GAM Investments, an independent global asset manager. He was at GAM for 16 years covering UK-based private banks, wealth managers and investment managers. In recent years, his role expanded globally to include coverage of other regions. Prior to GAM, he was a private client portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he worked for five years.

Douglas has a degree in European Philosophy and Literature from Anglia University, and holds the IMC and IAQ qualifications. He lives just outside London with his wife and their four children. Outside of work, Doug enjoys playing various sports, music, motorbiking and mountain biking. Doug is a Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company which is focused on educational and charitable activities.

Edward Smallwood

Edward Smallwood

Business Development, UK & Ireland

Edward joined Algebris in 2019 to help develop and expand our UK client base.

Edward has worked in the Asset Management industry for over 7 years starting his career at Invesco Perpetual before moving to HSBC Asset Management and most recently Royal London Asset Management. He has spent his career working in the Wholesale Business Development teams covering UK based Private Banks, Fund of Funds and Wealth Manager clients.

He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management, as well as the IMC certificate.

In his spare time he enjoys staying active having played competitive rugby but now plays golf and spends time with friends and family.

Ginevra Casalegno

Ginevra Casalegno

Business Development, Italy and Switzerland

Ginevra joined Algebris in 2015 to support business development activities in Italy and Switzerland. She is based in London.

Prior to joining Algebris, she worked at BIP, a European management consultancy firm.

Ginevra holds an MSc in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and a BSc in International Economics and Finance from Bocconi University.

Ginevra volunteered in India for School for Children ONLUS, an Italian charity safeguarding and promoting children’s rights in Mumbai and the Andhra Pradesh region.

Jaime Fernandez-Lomana

Jaime Fernandez-Lomana

Business Development, Spain & Middle East

Jaime joined Algebris in 2017 to support the expansion of our investor base in Iberia.

Before joining Algebris, he worked as a financial analyst at Munich Re for two years. Prior to that, he spent five years working in several investment advisory roles at Julius Baer and Merrill Lynch, where he started his career. 

Jaime is a CFA charter holder and holds a BA in Business Administration and a BA in Law from CUNEF University, Madrid. 

In his free time, he enjoys horse riding and motorcycling, and he also loves to go surfing every time he has the chance.

Johannes Wettstein

Business Development, Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Johannes Wettstein joined Algebris in 2021 as Head Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Prior to Algebris, he spent more than 11 years at UBS. His experience ranges from UHNW and Family Office client coverage in Wealth Management to M&A advisory in Investment Banking. Johannes also worked for over three years as Client and Investor Relationship Manager to the UBS Group Chairman, where he was responsible for the Chairman’s priority clients, top shareholders and business engagements.

He holds a Master in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Johannes lives in Milan with his Italian wife and two daughters. He speaks German, English, Italian, Hungarian and basic French and Spanish. He enjoys all kinds of sports and has been a volunteer in the Order of Malta for almost 20 years.

Karl Bauer

Karl Bauer

Business Development, Nordics

Karl joined Algebris in 2017 to help expand our Scandinavian investor base.

He previously worked for Morgan Stanley as an analyst, supporting the Morgan Stanley UCITS funds platform FundLogic in London. Prior to that he worked for Cass Business School as a research assistant and Carle & Co Ltd as an analyst.

Karl holds a BSc in Business Management from Cass Business School in London. In his free time Karl enjoys playing tennis, basketball and cooking.

Kazuhiro Oshima

Business Development, Japan

Kazuhiro joined Algebris in 2020 as a Business Development Director. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Prior to Algebris, he was a Client Director at GAM Investments managing relationships with institutional investors and pension funds to develop business across the asset class spectrum; from traditional to alternative strategies, including hedge funds and esoteric fixed income strategies. Before GAM, he worked at Permal Capital and Societe General Asset Management.

He graduated from Keio University in Economics. Kazuhiro’s hobbies include climbing.

Liang Sin Wee

Business Development, Singapore

Liang Sin joined Algebris in April 2020. He is based in our Singapore office.

With more than 20 years in the industry, he has experience across the asset management value chain in both the buy-side and sell-side.  Prior to Algebris, Liang Sin was Deputy Head of Retail Distribution at Manulife Investment Management. He was at Manulife for 4 years covering both private banks and retail banks. Before that, Liang Sin was at the buy-side in various companies such as UBS and Citibank. He spent around 8 years at UBS Wealth Management where his roles include internal fund wholesaling as well as investment consulting to HNW clients.

Liang Sin is a CFA charter holder and holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He enjoys reading, running and music.

Massimiliano Grillo

Business Development, Italy

Massimiliano joined Algebris in 2020 to support and expand our sales coverage in Italy.

Prior to Algebris, he spent 10 years at Franklin Templeton, where he was Head of Financial Advisory Business. He started his career in 2007 at AXA Investment Managers as Sales Support.

Massimiliano holds an MSc in Economics and Business Law and a BSc in Financial Markets and Institutions, both from Bocconi University in Milan.

He obtained the EFPA (European Financial Planning Association) certification in 2015 and is a qualified Financial Advisor (registered in the “Albo Unico dei Consulenti Finanziari”) since 2018.

Pietro Lamaro

Pietro Lamaro

Business Development, Italy

Pietro joined Algebris in 2019 to support our Italian investor base from the Milan office.

Prior to Algebris, Pietro focused his energies founding and developing Adventure Addicted, a start-up dealing with outdoor sports, engaging marketing and environmental protection, where he was in charge of fundraising and business strategy. During his time there, he organised travel and sport experiences worldwide, from Indonesia to Iran, from Turkey to Japan.

Pietro is fluent in Italian, English, German, and French. He played rugby professionally in the Youth Italian National Team and has a passion for worldwide travelling. In addition, he is actively involved in ski mountaineering and alpinism as well as Off-Shore Sailing Regattas.

Simon Peters

Simon Peters

Investment Strategist

Simon joined Algebris in 2015 as PM for public equity strategies with lead responsibility for investments in Europe and EMEA. He now holds the position of Investment Strategist.

Simon has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial sector. Before joining Algebris, Simon was a global financials PM at PIMCO. He also ran a global long/short financials fund at Gartmore/Henderson for 8 years and has previously worked for the sovereign wealth fund GIC, Government of Singapore Investment Corp, where he ran financial portfolios. 

Simon is a CFA charter holder, a qualified accountant (ACA), and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Exeter, UK. Simon is married to a French lady and has three teenage boys. Weekends are packed with playing a range of sports from tennis and swimming to fishing. Holidays are invariably in France with a huge extended family and a little bit of on-piste skiing every year.

Solveig Leary

Solveig Leary

Business Development, France & Benelux

Solveig joined Algebris in 2016 to help expand our French investor base.

Previously Solveig was a Partner & Senior Investment Analyst at Monreith Capital where she co-ran a global financials fund and at Lionstrust as junior PM of an Emerging Markets Financials fund. Prior to this she worked on the sell side with Morgan Stanley in their Equity research team for 10 years. There she covered several countries, contributed to the publication of reports on stocks investment cases and capital market trends and assisted in orchestrating one of the major financial conferences in the industry.

Solveig holds a Master of Business from EM LYON Business School, Lyon. She is half-French half-Dutch with 3 daughters and loves music, good food, sport and travel. She is a native French speaker and also speaks fluent English and basic Dutch.

Yoichi Nakamura

Yoichi Nakamura

Business Development, Japan

Yoichi joined Algebris in 2018 as Managing Director of our Japanese office. He has been CEO of Algebris Investments K.K. since 2019.

With 20 years in the industry, he has gained valuable experience in product development and sales in the retail business. Prior to Algebris, he spent four years working in sales at Fidelity, covering large Japanese distributors and asset management companies. He previously worked at Legg Mason, SPARX and UBS Global AM.

He holds MSc in International Business and Finance from the University of Reading and is a CMA charter holder. Yoichi enjoys running and swimming. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and son.

Client Relations

Andrea Molteni

Marketing, Milan

Andrea joined the Algebris Marketing team in Milan in 2021. He focuses on all graphic and digital marketing tasks providing with fresh ideas and creative contents for all of Algebris’ branding / visual communication needs.

Since 2013, Andrea has worked as Communication Designer for a number of firms. He also worked as a teacher at Scuola Mohole in Milan, where he held movie-design and film-making courses.

He holds an MA in Communication Design from Politecnico in Milan.

Benz Sng

Benz Sng

Client Relations, Singapore

Benz joined Algebris in 2019 to support the growing client base in Asia.

Prior to Algebris, Benz spent four years at Citco Fund Services as a Senior Operations Analyst where he worked with UK and regional Asian Hedge fund clients, providing middle office support and client onboarding. Previously he gained working experience at HSBC Bank with the Operations and Service team.

Benz speaks English and Mandarin, and is currently a CFA Level 3 candidate. He holds a BSc in Banking & Finance (First Class Honours) from University of London.

Benz enjoys staying active and his hobbies include a continued interest in Badminton, which he used to play competitively.

Francesca Deregibus

Francesca Deregibus

Client Relations, Luxembourg

Francesca joined Algebris in 2019 to support our Investor Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, she gained working experience at Edmond de Rothschild as a Sales Support, covering both the Third-party and Institutional sales businesses in Italy.

Francesca obtained her MSc in Corporate Finance and Financial Markets from the Turin University and holds a BA in Economics, with major in Monetary and Financial Economy.

Francesca enjoys roller skating and volunteering.

Iliyana Tsankova

Iliyana Tsankova

Client Relations, London

Iliyana joined Algebris in London in 2016. She is a key support to the business development team coordinating the on boarding of new funds/new clients and client service requests.

She previously worked for Morgan Stanley as an analyst, supporting the Morgan Stanley UCITS funds platform FundLogic in London. Prior to that Iliyana was at NERA Economic Consulting, where she worked with the Securities and Finance team.

Iliyana is a CFA charter holder and holds an MSc in Finance and Economics degree from the London School of Economics. In addition, she holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and BA in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.

In her free time Iliyana enjoys travelling, yoga and hiking. She has been volunteering for an Oxfam bookstore in north London since 2013.

Lilla Szasz

Client Relations, Luxembourg

Lilla joined Algebris in 2021 to support the Investor Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, Lilla worked for Caceis Bank in Luxembourg as an Investor Services Officer and beforehand at Blackrock in Budapest as a Client Experience Associate.

She graduated in International Economy and Business at the Corvinus University and holds an Msc in International Management (CEMS) from HEC Paris.

She is fluent in English, French, Hungarian and also speaks some Italian and German. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, ballet, painting and hiking.

Marta Pizzamiglio

Marketing, Milan

Marta joined the Algebris Investor Relations team in July 2020 as Junior Marketing Associate, supporting the team in communication and marketing initiatives.

Prior to joining Algebris, Marta worked at Boston Consulting Group in their Milan Marketing team, overseeing the organization of content events and the full deployment of the CRM database.

She holds a Master’s in International Business from the University of Greenwich and a Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages and International Relations from Università Cattolica in Milan.

In her free time, she enjoys sports and yoga, and she is also very passionate about travelling and photography.

Niamh Gleeson

Head of Distribution, Ireland

Niamh joined Algebris as the Designated Person for Distribution (Ireland) in 2020. Niamh has over 20 years of experience in Asset Management, working in Ireland and Bermuda with UCITS and AIFs from a range of domiciles and investment strategies.

Most recently, Niamh worked as a senior member of the Outsourcing Control Team with Amundi (Ireland), responsible for oversight and support of international proprietary and third-party services providers to the management company; managing any regulatory, operational and product initiatives impacting those services. Previously, Niamh held positions in Business Development & Investor Relations at Pioneer Investments, BNY Mellon and JP Morgan.

Niamh holds a BA (Hons) Degree in European Studies from University College Cork.  Niamh is based in Dublin and in her free time enjoys road biking, hiking and yoga.

Pooja Shah

Pooja Shah

Client Relations, London

Pooja joined Algebris in 2016 to support the Investor Relations team. She has over eight years of varied experience in the financial services industry – focused on financial research and analysis, client servicing and reporting. Pooja joins us from Broadridge (a provider of operations support to custodians) and has had previous roles at Morningstar, AMBA (Moody’s), Goldman Sachs and HSBC. At Morningstar Pooja worked as a data relationship manager in the Global Fund Data team and acquired extensive exposure to fund reporting.

Pooja completed her MBA in Finance from Gujarat University in India, before moving to the UK. Pooja enjoys spending time with her family especially in outdoor activities like cycling and camping.

Sanjhali Agarwal

Client Relations, Dublin

Sanjhali joined Algebris in 2020 to help support the Investor Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, she worked for BlackRock as an analyst where she was responsible for the production of due diligence questionnaires for institutional clients.

Sanjhali completed her MBA in International Business and B.Tech in Computer Science from Amity University, India.

In her free time, Sanjhali enjoys meditating and spending time with her family.

Shiqi Wang

Shiqi Wang

Client Relations, Singapore

Shiqi joined Algebris in Singapore in 2017 to support capital raising efforts across Asia, Japan and the Middle East.

Prior to Algebris, she was with Mercer where she provided investment consulting advice on portfolio construction and multi-asset investment management to institutional clients in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Previously, she held roles in leading financial institutions including ANZ, Morgan Stanley and Deloitte & Touche.

CFA charter holder and a qualified accountant (CA, Singapore), Shiqi holds a BA Honours in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University.

She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Shiqi resides in Singapore and during her free time enjoys volunteering, running and scuba diving.

Susan Spagnolini

Susan Spagnolini

Client Relations, Milan

Susan joined Algebris in 2016 to support our Italian investor base from the Milan office.

Susan obtained her MSc in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2016. In addition, she holds a BA (Hons) in International Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University.

Susan worked as a tutor as part of the LSE Widening Participation program across London high schools, helping underprivileged students develop their quantitative and communication skills. While studying at Bocconi University she was an event manager and treasurer for the Bocconi Student Association Macropolo. She also volunteered for a number of non-profit organisations, mentoring children.

Susan enjoys ballet and has trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in Milan. She also enjoys reading Classical books, traveling and cooking.

Valeria Colombo

Valeria Colombo

Marketing, Milan

Valeria joined Algebris in 2018 to support and coordinate our marketing and communication activities globally.

Prior to joining Algebris, Valeria covered several marketing roles in both financial and industrial sectors, gaining relevant experience on external and internal communication, advertising, event organization, web and digital marketing.

Valeria holds a Master Degree with hons in International Management from the Foreign Language Faculty of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, which she concluded after winning a scholarship to attend the Business Faculty of the University of Queensland in Brisbane (AUS).

In her spare time, she enjoys sports, loves running and volunteers for community leisure activities.

Yo Fujimura

Client Relations, Tokyo

Yo joined Algebris in 2021 to support the growing business in Japan. Prior to Algebris, Yo spent three years at PIMCO as a Senior Account Associate where he gained experience in solution and sales in Japanese pension and retail business. Previously, he worked at FactSet, supporting clients in asset management companies.

He holds Master of Business Economics from the University of Queensland. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and son, spending quality time with his family on weekends.